OUR WORK IN THE COMMUNITY
St Mary’s Church School
We currently have a strong relationship with St Mary’s School and are working closely with the Head Teacher who is very well disposed to building relationships with the church. The incumbent will be an ex-officio member of the Governors along with the Diocesan Governor and Governors appointed by the PCC who are sympathetic to the Foundational principles of the school.
St Mary’s school was built on land consecrated in 1838 to build a church and school. The first school was built in
1844 on the site of the current Rectory and in 1971, a new school was built in the gardens of the old Rectory where it still stands today.
The children of St Mary’s participate in regular services in church: Harvest, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and a Celebration of the Year. Regular assemblies take place every half term and at the beginning of each school year, they have a special ‘Buddies’ assembly where Year 6 children are buddied up with a reception child.
Each year children in Year 1 and 2 experience a mock baptism and wedding respectively in church and Year 6 complete a Bereavement Module after SATS, followed by a mock funeral in Church.
Early Years join in a Harvest service and then a Crib service. Other classes attend the Christmas and Easter Experiences, which are both supported by the incumbent and members of the congregation.
At the beginning and end of each term, the incumbent and members of the congregation join the Head Teacher and members of staff to pray around the school.
Other Primary Schools in the Parish.
We also have strong links with other primary schools in the area, Moston Fields, Broadhurst, New Moston and Camberwell Specialist Support School and this is something that both the schools and the church are keen to continue and develop. A further area for development would be to see a member of the congregation sit on the governing body of each of the local primary schools in the parish.
Assemblies are held in all of these schools at least once a term as well as occasional lessons and trips to church which fit around their curriculum. Easter and Christmas Experiences are offered to all schools, with the exception of Camberwell Park at the present.
For four of our local Primary schools, Scripture Union’s “It’s your move” booklets are handed out to all Year 6 leavers every year.
All these services and experiences are valuable in building links with the children and breaking down barriers that some may have about what happens in a church.